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USA Networks to end US Open coverage (after 2008)

nobama
10-12-2007, 11:12 AM
http://sportsmediawatch.blogspot.com/2007/10/usa-to-drop-us-open-espnttc-could-take.html[b/]

[b]USA to drop U.S. Open; ESPN/TTC could take over.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports the USA Network "is expected to shed its money-losing coverage of United States Open tennis as soon as its deal ends" in 2008.

USA, which has telecast the U.S. Open since 1984, is eliminating sports from its schedule. The network allowed The Masters to leave for ESPN after declining to pay Augusta National a new rights fee over the summer, and is now focusing more on original programming.

The loss of USA Network will leave the USTA looking for a new broadcast partner. On possibility is TNT; the Turner-owned network had the cable rights to Wimbledon early in this decade and was in the running to acquire cable rights to The Masters.

More likely is ESPN. The network already has the rights to the other three Grand Slams through 2011. However, other programming commitments have deterred ESPN from making a play on the Open in the past. ESPN's Len DeLuca:

The problem ... is that the U.S. Open always occurs at a time when we are flush with college football and, depending on the weekend, the Little League World Series, the X-Games and the commencement of the NFL season, which we are heavily involved in as well. So we love the U.S. Open, we will always talk about the U.S. Open, but there are scheduling hurdles for ESPN's present networks that are unique to that Grand Slam that are not present in the other three.

If the U.S. Open were to go to ESPN, there would be a need to split cable rights. Starting next year, ESPN and The Tennis Channel will share the cable rights for the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. An ESPN U.S. Open bid would likely include TTC in some capacity.

In February, after the announcement of an ESPN/TTC agreement to jointly broadcast the Australian and French Opens, neither ESPN Executive VP of Content John Skipper nor Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon would deny that the networks would go after U.S. Open rights. In an interview with Tennis Week, Skipper said of the U.S. Open: "It is a spectacular event. It is an event we love, but those guys [the USTA] have existing agreements."

In the same Tennis Week story, writer Richard Pagliaro says "the level of interactivity between the USTA, ESPN and TTC ... has now reached a level where it appears almost a foregone conclusion that a U.S. Open deal will eventually be done."

If ESPN and The Tennis Channel take over the rights for the U.S. Open, tennis will have its most consistent television schedule. All four Grand Slams, and several other lower-tier events, will air on ESPN/TTC with CBS or NBC airing weekend coverage. A consistent television schedule can sometimes lead to at least a slight jump in television ratings, which might soften the blow of losing a cable powerhouse like USA.

amierin
10-12-2007, 12:16 PM
Not good for American tennis fans.
USA provided all court coverage which meant if there was a good match on an outer court and there were cameras a viewer at home got to see some of that match.

TNT would be a very good choice since I believe they would continue in the USA Network tradition of covering the Open.

I agree with the article though and think it'll go to ESPN/TTC. I don't have TTC as an option in my cable package so this would actually cut back coverage for me.

AsianSensation
10-12-2007, 01:13 PM
Hopefully this happens. Icing on the cake would be NBC/CBS staying the hell away until the final, but that probably won't happen....

Winston's Human
10-12-2007, 01:57 PM
So much of ESPN's tennis coverage is tape-delayed.

This is bad news.

mangoes
10-12-2007, 02:28 PM
Terrible news to read. USA has the best Grand Slam coverage.

coreyschucky
10-12-2007, 02:35 PM
Horrible news especially if TTC gets it since TTC isnt offered everywhere.

Dimonator133
10-12-2007, 02:39 PM
well if and when the time comes, just order TTC


USA was solid, but ESPN/TTC can fill the shoes

Whistleway
10-12-2007, 02:53 PM
wow. De Villers is really killing it. Come 2009, no MB nor USA :(

Lee
10-12-2007, 02:54 PM
well if and when the time comes, just order TTC


USA was solid, but ESPN/TTC can fill the shoes

The problem is even you're willing to pay for TTC, it's not available in everywhere.


ESPN will have more tape delay and showing mostly US players.

Dimonator133
10-12-2007, 02:57 PM
The problem is even you're willing to pay for TTC, it's not available in everywhere.


ESPN will have more tape delay and showing mostly US players.



and probably mostly U.S. women too - Venus, Serena, maybe even Davenport. :banghead:

MisterQ
10-12-2007, 03:18 PM
Noooooooo.... :bigcry:

MarieS
10-12-2007, 03:18 PM
Terrible news :(:bigcry:
This was the only GS we had a decent coverage of! :sobbing:

amierin
10-12-2007, 04:37 PM
The problem is even you're willing to pay for TTC, it's not available in everywhere.

ESPN will have more tape delay and showing mostly US players.

Say it again!

thrust
10-12-2007, 04:42 PM
Too bad, I hope the reconsider.

Fumus
10-12-2007, 04:46 PM
First Mercedes, then USA...who's next.

ASP0315
10-12-2007, 04:53 PM
USA network got a pretty good coverage. sad to see that go
ESPN is a disgrace. i don't know why they even bother buying rigthts for "live" tennis coverage if they are not intested in showing live tennis.(all the time we see on espn taped shit of shriekapova or james blake or andy roddick.)
I hope TTC takes over the rights.

NYCtennisfan
10-12-2007, 04:54 PM
USA did a fantastic job covering the Open all these years. One thing we have to remember about ESPN's coverage of Wimby and RG is that the time difference plays a big part in all the tape delayed nonsense. I don't think you'd see that with the Open.

MusicMyst
10-12-2007, 04:56 PM
The end of an era. :sad:

Winston's Human
10-12-2007, 05:00 PM
USA did a fantastic job covering the Open all these years. One thing we have to remember about ESPN's coverage of Wimby and RG is that the time difference plays a big part in all the tape delayed nonsense. I don't think you'd see that with the Open.

I would not count on it. When ESPN had the coverage of the Masters Cup in Houston, it showed the night matches on tape-delay.

Fee
10-12-2007, 05:03 PM
Pray that TTC gets this somehow. And then switch to satellite if your cable company still refuses to pick it up by 2009.

Lee
10-12-2007, 05:03 PM
USA did a fantastic job covering the Open all these years. One thing we have to remember about ESPN's coverage of Wimby and RG is that the time difference plays a big part in all the tape delayed nonsense. I don't think you'd see that with the Open.

I won't buy into this either. Little League Baseball is more important than tennis :rolleyes:

Lee
10-12-2007, 05:05 PM
Pray that TTC gets this somehow. And then switch to satellite if your cable company still refuses to pick it up by 2009.

Over my hubby's dead body? :eek:

amierin
10-12-2007, 05:06 PM
I won't buy into this either. Little League Baseball is more important than tennis :rolleyes:

Actually bass fishing trumps all of it.

Lee
10-12-2007, 05:10 PM
Actually bass fishing trumps all of it.

But the big networks get the right. :p

Fee
10-12-2007, 05:15 PM
Over my hubby's dead body? :eek:

Yeah, I know, I don't think I would ever switch either. I still think TTC will roll out a lot more in 2008 because of their 3 slam coverage, fingers crossed.

goldenlox
10-12-2007, 05:24 PM
More of that ESPN/TTC magic.
ESPN would show a match on tape delay. Then TTC would come on and show the same match. And 50 other mathes being played that day get totally ignored.

Forget about ever seeing a Radek/Novak classic on ESPN/TTC, who would rather show Sharapova and a Williams both winning 61 62 instead. Then TTC showing Sharapova and Williams again.

Deboogle!.
10-12-2007, 05:32 PM
oh man this sucks.

MisterQ
10-12-2007, 05:56 PM
Forget about ever seeing a Radek/Novak classic on ESPN/TTC

Exactly... that's the sort of scenario where only USA seemed to stay with the match.

LoveFifteen
10-12-2007, 06:10 PM
This is bad news. The USA Network has the best Grand Slam coverage in the USA. I can't believe that Little League World Series and the X-Games get better ratings. I wish tennis could be more popular here. :sad:

nobama
10-12-2007, 06:20 PM
Yeah it sucks big time. Losing USA but keeping Ted Robinson.

Fedever
10-12-2007, 08:13 PM
Terrible news to read. USA has the best Grand Slam coverage.

I agree. USA is the best for tennis by far.
This sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Allure
10-12-2007, 08:17 PM
I liked USA Network. :sad: I hope ESPN2 will pick it up. Unlike most people here, I have no problem with it. :lol:

Laura12
10-12-2007, 08:56 PM
This is horrible. ESPN sucks. I vividly remember when I wanted to watch the AO semis like two years ago live (at 2 in the morning) and they were showing some sort of hula contest instead.

Allure
10-12-2007, 09:17 PM
:devil: I hope you remember that next year when they pre-empt all of Richie's matches for Sharapova-Harkleroad, Sharapova-Pironkova, S. Williams-Ammanmuradova, and V. Williams-Krasnoroutskaya. :scared: :bolt:

Yeah ESPN is biased towards Americans. But I don't think USA show that much foreign players besides Federer and Nadal. They showed Gasquet vs. Hewitt last year at USO but that's because it was a night match.

jcempire
10-12-2007, 10:34 PM
Hopefully this happens. Icing on the cake would be NBC/CBS staying the hell away until the final, but that probably won't happen....

Yes, hope so.

MarieS
10-12-2007, 10:43 PM
USA did a fantastic job covering the Open all these years. One thing we have to remember about ESPN's coverage of Wimby and RG is that the time difference plays a big part in all the tape delayed nonsense. I don't think you'd see that with the Open.
I thought of this too, but like someone already said, they have Master Series/Masters Cup coverage too and they screw it up :shrug:.

Yeah it sucks big time. Losing USA but keeping Ted Robinson.
Ted Robinson :rolleyes:. He feels the need to spoil the baseball playoffs as well this year. Just go away :ras:.

jcempire
10-12-2007, 10:48 PM
This is horrible. ESPN sucks. I vividly remember when I wanted to watch the AO semis like two years ago live (at 2 in the morning) and they were showing some sort of hula contest instead.

It maynot happen.

Svetlana.
10-13-2007, 12:27 AM
It's bad news...

This year USA network handled US Open coverage very well. I hate to see the ESPN taking it over :sad:

2moretogo
10-13-2007, 12:46 AM
Mixed reaction to this, I will wait to see how ESPN/TTC handle the other majors. This could be a good opportunity actually for TTC...

World Beater
10-13-2007, 12:53 AM
why does espn even bother showing tennis? I tune in with the hope of seeing some quality and its shi$ they show.

turn it over to the TTC. At least some of us can see TTC over webstreaming if we cant get it on TV.

gusman890
10-13-2007, 01:08 AM
USA Network is so much better than espn.

Its a real shame.

barbadosan
10-13-2007, 01:19 AM
Sounds like ESPN Daportes gives its viewers a way better deal than ESPN USA. I get most tournaments they cover live... with a good mix of key matches, and sometimes even if they aren't key, and they're interesting (good match, scores tight)

keylogic
10-13-2007, 01:44 AM
Michael Barkin! What will happen to him? :confused:

Chaos Inc.
10-13-2007, 05:31 AM
Michael Barkin! What will happen to him? :confused:




He will end up homeless, living in a cardboard box under a bridge.






Either that or he will join a traveling freak show..........

Merton
10-13-2007, 05:42 AM
An interesting question is whether USTA will have to get a cut in its payoff from whatever outlet gets the rights to the US Open, relative to what it got from USA network.

For example, if the US Open is a strong franchise, USTA will hold the bargaining power and will tell, say, ESPN that it wants a 10% increase relative to the USTA contract. I suspect though that it is the other way around at this point and USTA will have to take a cut. I hope they tell us, either way.

brent-o
10-13-2007, 05:43 AM
This is horrible news. No matter how much you hate the USA network or their commentators, you can't say they didn't show lots of tennis during the 2 weeks. More than ESPN will show, sadly.

Pea
10-13-2007, 03:12 PM
What's the likelihood that TNT will obtain it?

amierin
10-13-2007, 03:29 PM
What's the likelihood that TNT will obtain it?

I think that is the option everyone is hoping for at this point. They have both TNT and TBS and can offer the best coverage. With ESPN it'll be tape delay after tape delay.

nobama
10-13-2007, 04:21 PM
why does espn even bother showing tennis? I tune in with the hope of seeing some quality and its shi$ they show.

turn it over to the TTC. At least some of us can see TTC over webstreaming if we cant get it on TV.
They can't turn over the slams. I believe there is some requirement that you have to be able to reach a certain number of households in order for broadcasting rights and TTC isn't in enough homes yet so they have to share with someone else, like ESPN.

nobama
10-13-2007, 04:28 PM
Yeah ESPN is biased towards Americans. But I don't think USA show that much foreign players besides Federer and Nadal. They showed Gasquet vs. Hewitt last year at USO but that's because it was a night match.IMO USA isn't that much different in what they show vs ESPN. And ESPN sharing with TTC will bring worse coverage to ESPN because then for sure they'll only show the big names and not always live either. And then when NBC gets involved it really screws things up. I hope if TTC now has coverage of all slams they work something out to offer interactive coverage ala RG. I loved having 5 different channels and being able to pick what match to watch. If all the slams offered paid online coverage like Wimbledon that would be awesome too.

Scotso
10-14-2007, 03:00 AM
It seems the ATP is dying now with Mr. Disney pulling the strings.

I can't stand ESPN.